Environmental Policy and Practice - SO539

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2020 to 2021.


This module aims to give you an understanding of the ways in which governments have attempted to address environmental issues such as climate change, energy security and pollution control. It discusses the role of government and other interest groups in formulating and implementing environmental policy, the various forms of policy mechanism that are employed, and the constraints upon their effective implementation.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

11 weekly lectures and seminars, each of one hour

Method of assessment

50% coursework (one essay and a presentation) and 50% 2-hour written examination (summer term)

Indicative reading

Carter N (2007) The Politics of the Environment (2nd edition)
Connolly J & Smith G (2012) Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice (3rd edition)
Beder, S Environmental Principles (2006)
Roberts, J. Environmental Policy (2011)
Garner, R. Environmental Politics, 3rd edition (2011)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

You will gain an understanding of the problems and dilemmas involved in the formation and implementation of public policies on environmental issues
the strengths and weaknesses of policies on climate change, waste, energy and pollution
general policy principles and practices such as ecological modernisation, sustainable development and the role of citizen action in making and changing environmental policies


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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